And the band played Waltzing Matilda by Anne van Alkemade


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The title refers to a song by Eric Bogle in the 1970s and although the image is far more cheerful, perhaps there is a correlation between the song and the fallen blooms. This is an image of spent blooms of a ficifolia (flowering gum). It struck me that they do rather look like trumpets and very Aussie.


  • Christopher  Ewing
    Christopher E...about 6 years ago

    Excellent!! amazing detail and lighting, love the title also, fits..very nice

  • Thanks Christopher. It was a little surprise in the group, I didn’t realise how well it would work until I downloaded.

    – Anne van Alkemade

  • Whirligig
    Whirligigabout 6 years ago

    Anne, this is truly touching when one reads your description, and such an apt correlation between the two. What a beautiful (albeit sad) way of seeing these spent flowers. It’s actually made me a bit teary………..

    Lovely photograph.

  • Thank you so much Elaine. I’m glad you like it.

    – Anne van Alkemade

  • izzybeth
    izzybethabout 6 years ago

    This is beautiful. I love the song…

  • It’s a wonderful song, isn’t it Beth!

    – Anne van Alkemade

  • Amber Elizabeth Fromm Donais
    Amber Elizabet...about 6 years ago

    Awesome Artwork Anne=)

  • Thank you AE. :o)

    – Anne van Alkemade

  • Amber Elizabeth Fromm Donais
    Amber Elizabet...about 6 years ago

    very welcome love your work and writing Anne =) lil me

  • Tom Douce
    Tom Douceabout 6 years ago

    wow great image! instant fav! please check out some of my work!!

  • Stefanie Köppler
    Stefanie Köpplerabout 6 years ago

    I know the song performed by Midnight Oil, my alltime favourite band…

    Thes bloom s really look a little like trumpets. Beautiful shot.

  • thanks for your comments Stefanie. Didn’t realise MO did a cover of the song. I’ll have to go and listen!

    – Anne van Alkemade

  • fazza
    fazzaabout 4 years ago

    thats a beauty anne!!!

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